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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S June 2–5, 2011 ▲ St. Louis, Missouri Sorors of the Charismatic Central Region Gather for Constructive Change BY GLENISE A. CLOUDY Tity, Inc. was held at the St. Louishe 45th Central Regional Confer-ence of Delta Sigma Theta Soror- Union Station Marriott in St. Louis, June 2 through June 5, 2011. More than 600 sorors, National Headquar- ters staff and guests participated in the region’s last conference of the fi rst century of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The conference theme Sorors of the Central Region gather in St. Louis for the region’s 45th conference under the was “Caring Women Who Met the theme, “Caring Women Who Met the Challenge for Constructive Change.” Challenge for Constructive Change.” PHOTO BY ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT “The turnout was excellent given the state of the economy,” said Soror a Welcome Event and Variety Show. Louis Metropolitan Chapter received Katrinka L. Harris-Spurlin, Denver The Welcome Event reenacted the a standing ovation. Born in 1913, the Alumnae Chapter, of the conference “Gas Light Square” a popular en- same year as the Sorority’s founding, that yielded record-breaking atten- tertainment venue in St. Louis dur- Soror Clarke has been a member for dance for the region. ing the 1950’s. The Variety Show, “A 71 years. The conference began Thursday SOLEFEST from the Show Me State,” The celebration continued with with activities for collegiate mem- featured a host of local performers. the Delta Cares Impact Event. The bers of the Sorority. The theme for Following the Opening Ceremony Sorority partnered with three organi- Collegiate Day was “The Collabora- on Friday morning, Central Regional zations in the St. Louis area to leave tion: Blueprint for Change.” Led by Director Sandra M. Lucado led the a lasting mark in the community. Central Regional Representative festivities of the Sisterhood Lun- These organizations included: Phyl- Eulonda Rushing, collegiate sorors cheon with greetings and recognition lis Wheatley Transitional Housing participated in workshops on topics of the six state coordinators in the re- Program, Foster and Adoptive Care such as membership intake, project gion. There were also greetings by Dr. Coalition and St. Pius V Immigrant management and team building. Paulette C. Walker, national fi Refugee Program. During the Impact rst vice The keynote speaker for the president, who spoke on the Central Program, Dr. Walker and Soror Luca- Collegiate Luncheon was the 22nd Region’s theme. do presented participating organiza- National President, Rev. Gwendolyn The afternoon culminated with tions with donations from the Soror- E. Boyd, who encouraged collegiate an awards ceremony recognizing so- ity. and alumnae sorors to be a “voice in rors with 50 or more years of mem- On Saturday, 16th National Presi- their communities.” bership in Delta Sigma Theta Soror- dent Thelma T. Daley encouraged Thursday night concluded with ity. Soror Mary Vincent Clarke of St. attendees to get on board the train 30 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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